Stepping Out this Fourth of July


By now it is no secret that the most exciting addition to Tri-Town annual Independence Day events is the return of the Marion fireworks display, after skipping a year due to a lack of funding. This year, Marion Recreation is proud to present the 2015 firework display on July 4th beginning at 9:15 pm from […] Read more »

19th Annual Marion Village 5K


The weather held out on June 27 for the 19th annual Marion Village 5K. About 250 runners flocked to Tabor Academy’s waterfront to prepare for the 3.1 mile race where the top 20 runners all ran times under 20 minutes. Andrew Sukeforth won the race for the second year in a row in an impressive […] Read more »

Marion Welcomes Its New Fire Chief


During a swearing-in ceremony on June 30, Marion said farewell to Chief Thomas Joyce, its 12th fire chief, and welcomed Chief Brian Jackvony, its 13th fire chief. Jackvony was officially sworn in before an audience in the Marion Music Hall, which was drenched in afternoon sunlight, with firefighters and Honor Guard members from the Police […] Read more »

Principal Makes Good on Promise


He sacrificed one of the most precious of grown-up commodities, a good night’s sleep, in the name of stamping out hunger in the community – “canning hunger in the community,” to be precise. Kevin Tavares, associate principal for the Mattapoisett Public Schools, made good on his promise to spend an entire night on the roof […] Read more »

Good Stuff


My father was the TV man. Not unlike the shoemaker and his shoeless children, there were times when our television required a swift smack on the side of the cabinet to make the black and white picture flicker into focus and sometimes there was a small portable TV on top of a dead floor model, […] Read more »

Keel Awards


The Wanderer is pleased once again to announce that we are soliciting nominations for our 20th annual “Wanderer Keel Awards.” The yearly community service honor – which is presented to one Tri-Town resident from each of the three central towns in our circulation area – will be announced in our July 30 edition, and each […] Read more »

Hula-hooping for Body and Mind


Hula-hoop performer Pinto Bella taught kids the benefit of hula-hooping for body and mind and performed superhero-themed tricks on June 20 at Plumb Library. Photos by Colin Veitch   Read more »

Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!


Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere! Kids were spellbound by Keith Johnson and his “Bubbleology” show at the Marion Music Hall on June 22, sponsored by the Elizabeth Taber Library. Ty Mackenzie, 9, was the lucky one who got to be swallowed up by a giant bubble. Photos by Jean Perry   Read more »

The Tar and Feather Incident

Charles and Clara Potter Headstone

James McDonald sat in the wagon with his hands and feet bound and his eyes blindfolded. He could hear the jeers of the 40 or 50 hooded men yelling, “Kill him!” and “Lynch him!” Moments earlier, he had been forced from the house in which he was boarding and stripped of his clothing while someone […] Read more »

To the Beach!


Beachgoers celebrated the official opening of the Mattapoisett Town Beach on June 20. The beach house has been renovated and was ready for the roughly 200 participants in Mattapoisett Recreation’s Beach Olympics and other family activities. Photos by Felix Perez   Read more »